Tuesday, 27 November 2012

WOW!! Old-fashioned till cake!

Sometimes you get asked to design a cake that you know is a complete one-off and you'll never do again. THIS is one of those cakes!

It was a 65th birthday cake for Stewart Mahon who runs North West Business Machines www.nwbm.co.uk which supplies retail businesses with tills & software.

His son Nick commissioned the cake along with Stewart's wife who wanted a rich fruit cake base to the cake being that it's nearly Christmas! The top curved part of the cake is made from Vanilla Bean Sponge Cake.

After looking at some pictures of old fashioned cash tills I set about coming up with the design. The cake was about 1 foot wide and 1.5 feet tall and it was HEAVY!!!

I went for a bronzed metallic effect on the sugarpaste which came out beautifully, especially around the imprinted details.

The keys and the other details looked fantastic and really brought the cake to life!

It was finished with a personal message piped onto the board and painted with bronze lustre dust to match the rest of the cake.

Nick was really pleased with the cake when he came to pick it up as were his family when it was unveiled at the party so I was really happy with it!!


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Fabulous Finding Nemo Cake!

Last week we went to the 2nd birthday party of Oliver, the gorgeous little boy of some good friends of mine. 

As Oliver is currently obsessed with Finding Nemo, his Mum asked me to create a cake based around the film.

I had so much fun creating all of characters including Nemo & Dory, Bruce the vegetarian shark, Peach the starfish, Squirt the baby sea turtle, Pearl the Octopus and of course, one of the seagulls perched on a rock!!

I then made lots of sea-weed and coral along with a wooden under-water sign which took pride of place at the front of the cake and it all came together perfectly!

At the party, it was the adults, not just the kids who loved the detail on this cake so I was really pleased with the result!

Anyone for Golf?!!

So this is something a little different from me, a 50th Birthday cake for a big fan of golf so I thought I'd keep it simple but effective and create a golf ball cake.
Made from two half-sphere chocolate cakes and sandwiched and covered in chocolate buttercream, this was one yummy cake.

Before putting the sugarpaste on, circles of cake were spooned out from all around the sphere to create the gold ball effect.
The cake was then secured to a cake board which was piped in green royal icing using a grass nozzle before the writing was added to the ball.

The cake then travelled down to Birmingham before being presented to Mike at his 50th birthday celebration!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Naked Cake Returns!

Last weekend I drove over to Burnsall,North Yorkshire to deliver a wedding cake to the Devonshire Fell Hotel. The drive through the country was lovely with sunny skies and views of gorgeous Autumnal-leaved trees, the perfect setting for a wedding!

The Bride & Groom wanted The Naked Cake, first done for my brother and sister-in-law's wedding earlier this year.


Due to the simple nature of this cake, it's part of the Simply Antoinette range which is currently being developed. 

Simply Antoinette is  a range of beautiful and chic, gorgeous tasting cakes with simple yet stunning decoration for people whose budget can't perhaps stretch to a bespoke wedding cake.

The colour scheme was bright pink and turquoise and the room was decorated using a collection of fresh flowers dotted around in jam jars and bottles which had been painted and accessorised with pretty ribbon and fabric trims - I loved it so thought I'd post a couple of photos to share with you!!

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